The article about it on page two of The Calgary Herald (we are two hours south of Deadmonton) reads:
Exhausted magician hospitalized
Steve Makris and Allan Chambers, Journal Staff Writers -The Edmonton Journal
Monday, December 09, 2002
Internationally renowned magician David Copperfield was taken by ambulance to University Hospital on Sunday after he collapsed from exhaustion midway through a packed performance at Jubilee Auditorium.
He was released late Sunday after undergoing tests.
Copperfield was on stage with two audience volunteers and crew assistants, halfway into the 90-minute non-stop performance when he said he wasn't feeling well, and walked off.
After 45 minutes of giant screen video replays of Copperfield's past famous illusions and a 10-minute intermission, a member of the stage crew announced the performance was cancelled.
Amid audience shouts of "how is he?" and "do we get a refund?" he said the famous illusionist had been taken to hospital.
Crew members who refused to be identified said Copperfield slumped over a chair backstage but sat upright as he was being wheeled on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance.
"He is always working hard, he rehearses between shows, even today," one crew member said.
Copperfield showed no early warning signs of ill-health during the sold-out 4:30 p.m. show, often walking the aisles to take volunteers on stage to help with his illusions.
This was Copperfield's second show on Sunday, the sixth of a seven-show, three-day run with one more scheduled performance for 8 p.m. Sunday. That show was also cancelled.
Producers of Copperfield's show blamed exhaustion and a hectic touring schedule that includes 500 dates a year.
"It's a pretty demanding tour physically," said Chris Kenner, the show's executive producer. "And he was up until 4:30 last night rehearsing a new trick.
"He's just exhausted."
Kenner said tickets were being refunded for both Sunday shows. Staff at the Jubilee Auditorium said about 2,500 tickets had been sold for each show at prices ranging from $55 to $75.
Theatre staff fanned out and delivered news of the cancellation of the 8 p.m. show to ticket-holders as they arrived.
"It's very disappointing," said Sandy Helliker, who had tickets for herself and her children, Nicholas and Mallory.
"We've watched him on TV before. My kids were really looking forward to it."
James Goddard, 16, arrived for the evening show with his friend, Tim Arch, who had just flown in from Melbourne, Australia, for a visit. "We thought it would be neat, but I guess we don't get to see him," Goddard said. "He's disappeared himself," Arch said.
Tour manager Chris Danner said it was unusual for Copperfield to cancel a show. "He goes on with laryngitis and everything else if he has to."
Assuming doctors give the OK, there are two shows today in Saskatoon, followed by two in Regina and a windup show in Vancouver -- before the crew heads to Las Vegas for shows during Christmas week.
Kenner, the executive producer, said Copperfield sounded "very tired" before he was taken to hospital. Kenner said the tour was essentially in the dark Sunday night while Copperfield waited for results of blood tests.
Jubilee facilities manager Katherine Huising told ticket holders Copperfield is eager to return to Edmonton, but won't be back for at least a year. Ticket holders were told that tickets bought by phone or on the Internet would be automatically refunded. People who bought tickets from outlets should return the tickets to those email@example.com@thejournal.southam.ca